- Although the flesh of the almaco jack is considered quality table fare, the species has been associated with ciguatera poisoning, a seldom fatal stomach irritation.
- The almaco jack is susceptible to tapeworm parasites in the caudal peduncle area, but the meat can be eaten safely if affected portions are cut away.
Atlantic bumper (Chloroscombrus)
One of the smallest members of the jack family, the Atlantic bumpers body is deep but narrow, with an extended belly. Coloration is metallic-blue to light silver with shades of yellow along the two dorsal fins and long anal fin. The deeply forked tail fin is prominent yellow. Atlantic bumper also have black markings on the gill covers as well as a black saddle mark at the base of the tail fin.
The Atlantic bumper feeds on other fish, cephalopods, such as squids or cuttlefish, zooplankton and waste from decomposing organisms known as detritus.
Atlantic bumper can be found throughout the western Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts to Florida, throughout the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico and along the Central and South American coasts as far south as Uruguay.
Comfortable in either brackish water or offshore salt water as deep as 180 feet, the Atlantic bumper is often found traveling in large schools in bays, lagoons and along sandy beaches. Young bumpers are frequently found swimming with jellyfish.
- The similar Pacific bumper can be found in coastal waters from Peru to California.
- When caught, the bumper may produce a grunting sound.